Bush Threatens to Veto Any Bill to Stop Port Takeover
By David E. Sanger and Eric Lipton
Published: February 21, 2006
WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 — President Bush said this afternoon that he would veto any legislation seeking to block the administration's decision to allow a state-owned company from Dubai to assume control of port terminals in New York and other cities.
Mr. Bush's rare veto threat came as Republican leaders and many of their Democratic counterparts called up today for the port takeover to be put on hold. They demanded that the Bush administration conduct a further investigation of the Dubai company's acquisition of the British operator of the six American ports.
"After careful review by our government, I believe the transaction ought to go forward," Mr. Bush told reporters who were traveling with him on Air Force One to Washington, according to news agencies. "I want those who are questioning it to step up and explain why all of a sudden a Middle Eastern company is held to a different standard than a Great British company. I am trying to conduct foreign policy now by saying to the people of the world, 'We'll treat you fairly." '
Am I the only one wondering why we have foreign nationals from any other country in control of our major ports? I mean, no-no-a-thousand-times-no to Dubai, but also no to the UK. Hell, I don't even want Canadians in charge of our ports, and they'd probably do an excellent job.
And Bush is going to use a veto to make sure we can't stop Dubai from controlling who comes into and out of our country? It seems off the deep end, even for him. Perhaps the rumors that he's back on the sauce are true, or maybe the Early Onset Alzheimers is actually catching up to him. Whatever it is, it needs to stop. Let's hope the powers from both parties can convince his people that this is not a good idea.
And "holding to a different standard"? It's not like the company is owned by Arab-Americans and people don't want them in control because of racism. American companies should control American ports. Period. W pushed the Patriot Act down everyone's throat (and now thousands of innocent American are on the watch lists at airports) but he's going to open the door wide open to terrorism just to prove he's not xenophobic. Idiot. I hope anyone who voted for him is starting to get just as scared as the rest of us have always been.
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